Family Dog Helps Kids With Autism
Children with autism may find the unconditional love of the family dog a real help, a small new study finds.
Researchers at the University of Missouri interviewed 70 parents of children with autism. The investigators found that nearly two-thirds owned dogs, and that 94...
Pot Smoking Changes Brain Structure: Study
Young people who occasionally smoke marijuana may be rewiring their brains, with their pot use causing structural changes to brain regions related to motivation, emotion and reward, a small study says.
Recreational pot use by a small group of young adults caused significant...
Brain Power Peaks At Age 24: Study
Brain power reaches its peak at age 24 - and it's mostly downhill from there, in terms of cognitive performance - a new study suggests.
Young Dads Face Increased Risk of Depression
Young fathers may be at increased risk of depression symptoms after their baby arrives, all the way through to the child's kindergarten, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that for men who become fathers in their 20s and live with their children, depression symptoms...
Alzheimer's Gene Poses Greater Threat for Women
Having a copy of a certain gene variant increases women's risk for Alzheimer's disease much more than it does for men, a new study indicates.
Stanford University researchers analyzed data from more than 8,000 people, most older than 60, who were tracked over a long period...
Blueberries May Help Ease Parkinson's
Natural compounds in blueberries, which have been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes and heart attack, may also help treat Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, new research suggests.
Antidepressants During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk
Boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants known as SSRIs in the womb than typically developing children, according to new research. The new study also found that boys whose mothers took SSRIs -- drugs including Celexa, Lexapro,...
Spending Time With Grandkids Found to Boost Brainpower
Spending a little time each week caring for grandkids may help older women stay mentally sharp, a new study finds. But there's a potential downside: Taking care of the grandkids five days a week or more may have a negative impact on brain power, the researchers reported.The...
Researchers Discover Parkinson's Trigger
A biological trigger for Parkinson's disease has been identified, possibly opening the door to new early diagnostic tools and treatments that could shut down the disease before symptoms progress.
Insomnia Linked to Strokes
People with insomnia may have a higher risk of stroke than their well-rested peers, a new study shows.
The link between insomnia and stroke was especially strong in young adults, who were up to eight times more likely to suffer a stroke if they had insomnia.
Aerobic Exercise Slows Dementia
Regular aerobic workouts increase the size of the brain's memory area in older women and may help slow the progression of dementia, according to a small new study. It included 86 women, aged 70 to 80, who had mild memory problems, also known as mild cognitive impairment, ...
One Season of High School Football Can Alter Brain: Study
Even among high school football players who've never had a concussion, a small preliminary study suggests that changes can still occur to their brains within the course of a single season.
The study involved 45 members of a 2012 varsity team. Players underwent two brain scans...
Schizophrenia Drug Effective in Trial
Alkermes Plc said its experimental drug to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia met the main goal of reducing the severity of symptoms of the disease in a late-stage study. The company said it planned to submit a marketing approval application for the drug, aripiprazole...
Stroke Victims Show Big Improvement After Stem Cell Injection
In an early test, researchers report they've safely injected stem cells into the brains of 18 patients who had suffered strokes. And two of the patients showed significant improvement.
All the patients saw some improvement in weakness or paralysis within six months of their...
Are Obese Dads More Likely to Have Autistic Kids?
Children born to obese fathers, but not obese mothers, may have a slightly higher risk of autism than kids with thinner dads, a large new study suggests. Researchers found that of nearly 93,000 Norwegian children they followed, those born to obese dads had double the risk of...
Mindfulness Meditation Goes Mainstream
Make yourself comfortable, eyes closed, take a few full breaths, a woman's voice says softly. If you find that your mind has wandered, this is good news.
Twelve professionals have gathered in a conference room much like any other in downtown Washington. But this is no...
Mentally Challenging Jobs Slow Brain Aging
People with mentally challenging jobs, like air traffic controllers, doctors and financial analysts, tend to stay mentally sharper while on the job and following retirement, results of a new study suggest.
Working in a job that involves a lot of thinking, analyzing, problem...
Insomnia Raises Stroke Risk By More Than 50 Percent
People plagued with insomnia might have an increased risk of stroke,particularly if they are young adults, a new, large study from Taiwan suggests.
Over the course of four years, researchers found that insomnia seemed to raise the likelihood that a person will be hospitalized...
Party Drug Ketamine Fights Depression: Oxford Researchers
The party drug ketamine could one day be used to help some people suffering from severe depression, according to British scientists who gave infusions of the narcotic nicknamed special K to patients.
Researchers who tested the drug on 28 people with major depressive disorder...
Botox Eases Depression: Study
Surprising new research has demonstrated Botox can be an effective way to treat moderate to severe depression.
Dementia Risk Linked to Heart Problems in Youth
Young adults with healthy blood pressure go on to have better thinking and memory skills in midlife than their peers with higher blood pressure, according to anew analysis.
Previous studies have linked poor fitness and heart health in middle age to declining mental function and...
Lou Gehrig's Discovery Offers Hope for Treatment
A new gene mutation associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease -- has been identified in a study led by the U.S National Institute on Aging (NIA).ALS is a fatal degenerative condition that kills nerve cells, resulting in...
Poor Heart Health Linked to Alzheimer's
A new study links heart disease with increased odds of developing dementia.
Researchers found that artery stiffness -- a condition called atherosclerosis -- is associated with the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.
Mild Head Injuries Linked to Risk of Death Years Later
Adults hospitalized with mild head injuries have almost double the risk of dying in the next 15 years compared to similar people with no history of head injury, according to a new UK study.
It's not clear whether lifestyle before and after a head injury is to blame for the...
Electric 'Thinking Cap' Speeds Learning
Vanderbilt University researchers have developed an electronic skullcap that stimulates the brain to learn from mistakes. The new 'thinking cap' was created by two psychologists.
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